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Laurel Swimming Coach Expected To Plead Guilty To Child Abuse

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In Maryland, a longtime swimming coach will plead guilty to child abuse after he was accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a former student.

Christopher Thomas Huott was arrested and charged back in April after a former swim student accused him of making the inappropriate contact when she was 7. The unidentified victim is now in her 30s.

Documents filed this week in Montgomery County circuit court indicate the 53-year-old Huott, one of the founders of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club in Laurel, intends to plead guilty at a hearing July 30.

When Huott was arrested, investigators were concerned that he might have had more victim, but so far no one else has come forward.

"It's called a plea memorandum, and Christopher Huott has signaled his intentions through his attorneys that a plea is imminent," says Ramon Korionoff of the Montgomery County State's Attorney's office. "However, until the judge accepts it, it's not official."

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors would agree not to seek more than 10 years in prison. Authorities say Huott coached the girl and was her babysitter between 1984 and 1989.

“This plea is best for all parties and really insures that the victim doesn't have to be traumatized by taking the stand, and the plea will be a way to hold this defendant accountable for his actions," Korionoff says.

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